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Public invited to North Dakota queen’s sendoff

Miss Rodeo North Dakota 2015 Dani Taylor. Photo courtesy Miss Rodeo N.D. Pageant Association

North Dakota rodeo enthusiasts are throwing a party Saturday, Nov. 14, to celebrate Mandan, N.D., cowgirl Dani Taylor's year as Miss Rodeo North Dakota and to send her off to the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas with strong support. The Miss Rodeo America Pageant runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 6, just prior to and during the start of the Wrangler Nationals Finals Rodeo.

The celebration for Taylor will be held in the Dave Barth hangar at the Mandan Airport, which is located 4 miles south of Mandan on Highway 6. Turn to the right at the end of the access road. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour and snacks. A program beginning at 7 p.m. will offer a sneak peek at western fashions that Taylor will wear at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant. Admission is free and there will be a showing of the movie "Blazing Saddles" after the program.

The Miss Rodeo America Pageant is judged on the basis of personality, horsemanship and appearance. Contestants take a test, participate in interviews, answer impromptu questions, present an extemporaneous speech, ride horses provided by other people, and model a variety of western clothing. Taylor aims to become North Dakota's third Miss Rodeo America. The state's last national titleholder was Bowman's Ashley Andrews in 2007. The public can follow the national competition via http://www.missorodeoamerica.org and associated Facebook pages.

Taylor, 22, is a senior at South Dakota State University, Brookings, majoring in mass communications and political science. She plans to pursue a career in public relations by promoting agricultural businesses or organizations. Her long-term goal is to operate a public relations consulting firm. In addition to serving as Miss Rodeo North Dakota, she has been working part-time this past year for Clearwater Communications.

Taylor was active in the North Dakota High School Rodeo Association, competing in goat tying, breakaway roping, and team roping. She has also been a competitor in livestock showmanship, hockey, track, FFA parliamentary procedure and agricultural communications contests, 4-H horse shows, and Mandan Horse and Saddle Club family rodeos and horse shows. Her parents are Marc and Dee Taylor, Mandan.

For more information about the Miss Rodeo North Dakota program, visit http://www.missrodeond.org. The Miss Rodeo North Dakota Pageant Association is holding its annual membership meeting in Mandan at the American Cancer Society office, 2401 46th Avenue SE, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

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–Miss Rodeo N.D. Pageant Association

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